One of the highlights of a winter trip to Stockholm is the museum ‘Skansen’, the world’s first open air museum, founded in 1891 and located on the island of Djurgården. It’s the perfect (family) getaway when visiting Sweden’s cold capital.
Coming in you don’t know what to think. Is it a zoo? A village museum? And why are all these people dressed up? It’s actually a stroll on history lane, as you can walk through five centuries of Swedish history, furry animals included. Here and there you can visit come authentic Swedish houses, where the staff will gladly inform you about those times, fully clothed in whatever they were wearing back then. My favorite was of course the really familiar looking, red painted house. That is what I expected to see coming to Sweden, so it might as well be explained to me. Starting out the museum focused on Sami culture, an although you can still find a lot of information about that, there’s so much more.
A walk through the park doesn’t only teach you about history, it also informs you of the different Nordic animal species such as bears, wolves and lynx. The most impressive animal of all, the moose, was quite unreachable when I was there, but normally it shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Another great thing is the traditional celebrations of well known holidays like Christmas and Mid Summer. Visit around those times and there will be a whole new world of information available to you. The museum is open year round.
How to go to Skansen
When you’re staying in Stockholm you won’t have much trouble to get to Skansen. Multiple buses will take you there from the center of Stockholm. It’s also possible to get there by ferry, car and even on foot. Public transport may change over the years so I’ll advice you to check out their website for more information.